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sports cars

  Sports Cars are engineered to go around corners and straight lines as fast as possible. They are usually expensive, dangerous and so much fun that everybody wants one. Owning a sports car is a gratifying experience but it will cost you money and back pain as they are usually expensive to maintain and not very comfortable. But who cares as they look like supermodels at the beach.

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There is one month until the 2013 SEMA show opens its gates, but we already have a pretty good idea on a lot of what will be displayed in Las Vegas. Today, Los Angeles based tuner, Misha Designs, released the first images of a pretty cool body kit it prepared for the Porsche 991 and that will be on display at SEMA in November.

As usual, this Misha Designs body kit takes a regular 991 and pushed the sports car’s look to a whole new level of style. The kit includes new front bumper, hood, side skirts, a rear bumper with diffuser and a rear spoiler.

The body kit can be applied to all Porsche 991 models, starting with the 2012 model year, and it can be ordered from the tuner immediately after the show.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 991 Body Kit By Misha Designs.

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Guess who got his paws on a 2014 Corvette Stingray out in the wild this week?

The joy of hooning this hotly anticipated sports car was spoiled only by having to give it back to Chevy at the end of the day.

Are the touted enhancements to the cockpit, performance and road stance enough to put the C7 on the radar of young enthusiasts for the first time in decades? Or just a bald fatty special like the C5?

Much as the pace and V-8 bellow was to be admired in the C5 and C6, the Vette was too Plastic Fantastic to cause much of a sensation to the uninitiated. The old Vette’s key buyer group of Wal-Mart-shopping "rich" people certainly would not help any car’s cool factor.

But the C7 feels about a million miles from those two Extenze-popping machines.

Despite screeching performance and the all-conquering ZR-1, the C6 Vette was mired in image hell based on some of its buyers. An interior so low rent that catching crabs was a real possibility only confirmed suspicions that America’s Sports Car was just for creeps and perves.

Big, big changes for the C7 line. In a dream scenario this week, we found ourselves set loose in the C7. It was the meat of a day that also included a frightening hour in the Nissan GT-R (that left me trembling with delight) and a brief intro to the lumbering and oddly off-putting SRT Viper GTS .

But what to do in that Nirvana moment: a full tank of gas, the brand-new Chevrolet Corvette C7, and a heavy right foot? We cooked the tires, did a few straight-line blasts, and took as many pictures as the camera would hold.

Luckily, the impression this incredible car left is etched in the memory with the staying power of a brain tattoo.

Click past the jump for this exclusive TopSpeed Driven review of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, with nearly 75 all-new, high-resolution images of the production model we sampled.

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The Pantera is maybe one of the coolest sports cars produced by De Tomaso in early 1970s. In Italian, "Pantera" stands for "Panther" and indeed it was like a wild cat. Pantera impressed the world ever since it was unveiled in March 1970 and it shortly became a hit, forcing De Tomaso to increase production to three units a day.

Production of the Pantera stopped in 1991, and since then people have been hoping for its rebirth. However, until that that day comes — if ever — we’ll have to stick to a vehicle specially designed by Ringbrothers for the 2013 SEMA show.

Called "ADRNLN," this custom buggy is basically a re-imagined Pantera with modern technology and developed in cooperation with Nike’s innovation skunk works team.

The new Pantera ADRNLN is stuffed with modern features, like a Wegner Motorsports LS3 engine that delivers 600 horsepower and a ZF five-speed gearbox from Bowler Performance Transmissions. The car sits on HRE forged wheels wrapped in Nitto tires, and a set of Baer brakes with six-piston calipers at each corner do the stopping. The model was built on a steel monocoque body finished by BASF’s Glasurit 90-Line paint system.

This model also has quite a touching history, as it was originally owned by Randy Brickle who was diagnosed with cancer and passed away. His dream was to restore his beloved Pantera, and his wife Cheryl made his dream come true by way of the folks at Ringbrothers.

We’ll bring you more details once the car is officially unveiled.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard De Tomaso Pantera.

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You may think that folks at Audi headquarters are rather busy developing all those cool models, but they always find some time for a little play. The above video outlines their latest play session, as they set up a paint-ball game between the new Audi RS6 Avant and free-running supremo, Damien Walters.

Of course, the one having the most fun is Ex-Stig, Ben Collins, who was chasing Walters around in the Audi RS6 Avant. We’re pretty sure that both men had tons of fun, but Collins got to do so behind the wheel of a super-powerful wagon.

It doesn’t really mater who actually won this game, all it maters to us is that Collins put on one heck of a show behind the wheel, and we enjoyed every second of the game.

Click past the jump for two more videos from behind the scenes of the game.

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The Mercedes SLK was announced in 1996, then put on sale in 1997. Up to this point, it has been through three different generation, and each generation the SLK borrowed styling elements from other Mercedes models, leaving it without its own identity. The first generation, for example looked like the SL , the second generation borrowed the nose of the SLR McLaren , and the third one features SLS -inspired headlights.

But even so, the SLK has proven itself to be a pretty cool roadster, and when the third generation launched on the market in 2011, Mercedes brought tons of innovative new features like panorama roof and Magic Sky Control.

The 2014 SLK is offered in two different versions: SLK250 and SLK350, with prices starting from $44,450. Sure, the SLK is a little pricey, but its standard features make it well worth the price.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Mercedes SLK.

The anticipation for the new Corvette has been incessant for the better part of the year with journalist and Corvette fans clamoring for information on the all-new Stingray . Well, starting this month, the public can get a closer look at the Vette’s birthplace.

Chevrolet announced yesterday that tours of the Bowling Green Assembly Plant will resume Monday, October 14. The plant, which as been closed since last fall, underwent an extensive $131-million upgrade to its assembly equipment for the new 2014 Stingray. Plant tours are only $7 and include a one-mile hike around the production line for an intimate viewing of the processes that bring a C7 to life.

Along with the tours, Corvette’s Museum Delivery, Buyers Tour and Corvette Photo Album programs will resume as well. For a cool $990, buyers will have the opportunity to pick up their hot-off-the-press C7 at the National Corvette Museum next door to the assembly plant with the Museum Delivery package. Dropping another $800 affords buyers the chance at watching their very own Stingray roll down the assembly line while on an extended private tour. Finally, the whole assembly process can be documented and showcased in a 20-plus page, leather-bound photo album for a measly $700.

Tours will be open to the general public and run Monday through Friday at 8:30am, 11:30am, and 2:00pm CDT. Chevrolet says they recommend making reservations when planning a tour of your own.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Corvette Stingray.

We could be really gracious and compliment Japan for all the special-edition Mercedes models it’s been getting in the past few months. Or we could be really jealous at all the attention the German automaker is showing for that country. Either way, it’s certainly fun to be a Mercedes lover in Japan these days.

Less than a month after introducing the Mercedes GLA-Class Edition 1 in Japan, Mercedes Japan has announced yet another limited-run model, this time for the SLK-Class .

The exact name of the model is the Mercedes SLK 200 Radar Safety Edition, which takes its name from the apparent inclusion of the Radar Safety Package into the list of features that drop-top sports car comes with. If you’re not too familiar with that package, it apparently comes with Brake Assist Plus, Blind Spot Assist, PRE-SAFE Brake, and Lane Keeping Assist.

In addition to the technological goodies it has at its disposal, the SLK 200 Radar Safety Edition also comes with a standard AMG Sport package to go with a an interior that’s been dressed in Bengal Red Nappa leather, complemented by black trims throughout the cabin.

No performance numbers were given, so expect the same 1.8-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine of the standard SLK 200, one that develops 184 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque. This is good enough to cover 0 to 60 mph in seven seconds with a top speed of 149 mph.

Only 100 models of the SLK 200 Radar Safety Edition will be released, with each model priced at JPY6.33 million. When converted, that’s $64,800.

Click past the jump to read about the Mercedes SLK-Class

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

SRT had to slow production of the new Viper due to slow sales, while Chevy is having the exact opposite issue. The seventh-generation Corvette — AKA the Stingray — is starting to roll into dealers now, and General Motors officials are warning that customers could wait up to six months to get their car keys and many are paying up to $20k over the sticker price to get one.

Apparently the new Stingray ’s $51,995 base price makes it quite a hit among customers, as Chevrolet’s General Marketing Manager, Chris Perry, says the company has "six months’ worth of orders" and there are some dealers that have already sold out their initial stock.

Huge technological and construction advancements on the Stingray , like the new, aluminum frame and the extensive use of carbon-fiber body components, are the likely culprits for its initial success. Of course, we’re sure the shocking new design, the improved performance and enhanced fuel economy have helped sell models too.

Though some customers are willing to pay more for the new Corvette, GM is "frustrated" over the premium prices that dealers are raking in on the model. Of course, the only reason GM is frustrated is because it’s not raking in these extra profits...

If you don’t feel like waiting, there’s plenty of Vipers to go around...

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Corvette Stingray.

SRT Viper

When SRT decided to bring back the Viper , the hope was that the sports car would usher in a new era for the famed model.

But so far, all the expectations have turned into nothing more than disappointment because the Viper isn’t selling as fast as SRT and Chrysler would have wanted.

According to Automotive News, Chrysler has taken the surprising step of cutting back on production of the sports car because of sputtering sales. The original plan was to produce 2,000 units annually, but after eight months in dealerships, the company has only sold 426 units, leaving 565 unsold units in stock, representing a 289-day supply.

Despite the car’s sales struggles, SRT CEO, Ralph Giles, is still confident that the Viper’s sales will eventually pick up early next year, but it certainly goes without saying that this development is a huge blow to the stature of the Viper.

It shouldn’t come down to this for one of America’s greatest sports cars, but the fact that it has should give the company cause to pause on why consumers just aren’t as bullish on the sports car as they once were.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 SRT Viper

Source: Auto News
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In the latest episode of Ignition, Carlos Lago from Motor Trend gets behind the wheel of a Jaguar XFR-S and pushed it to the limits. The XFR-S is the most powerful, fastest version of the XF-R , and comes as a direct competitor for models like BMW M5.

The XFR-S is powered by a 5.0-liter, supercharged V-8 unit that delivers a total of 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. With this amount of power, the XFR-S can easily sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds and up to a top speed of 186 mph (electronically limited).

Despite being a V-8 powered car, the Jaguar XFR-S has one big issue; it is a little bit too quiet and Motor Trend — and any car lover — doesn’t like that. Don’t worry too much though, they otherwise loved the XFR-S

Check out the video (above) to see Motor Trend break the XFR-S down.


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